The Marlborough region in New Zealand is all about Sauvignon Blanc wine produced in its valleys on mile after mile of vines. One of the world’s largest wine growing regions. It’s home to 90% of New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc plantings because of its great soil and a perfect climate that creates truly incredible wine grapes.
If you’re visiting Marlborough on a cruise or arriving by ferry you’ll most likely dock at Port Marlborough near Picton. About twenty miles south on highway 1 is the town of Blenheim, and a great base for exploring the local wineries and the Waihopai Valley. Marlborough’s flat countryside is a great area to take a very popular bicycle trip and seven miles west of Blenheim is the small township of Renwick with over 30 wineries within a 15 mile circuit.
To really see this remarkable region of New Zealand you need to hire a car, take one of the many guided tours or better still rent a bike for a day or two. On your tour visit some of the amazing number of wine cellars tasting rooms featuring award winning wines. Stop at a vineyard restaurant for a lunch paired with a perfect Sauvignon Blanc, refreshing, crisp, not too sweet.
If your planning on spending a few days in Marlborough wine country there are literally dozens of highly rated B&B accommodations to choose from. The best listing can be found by clicking HERE.
To look into a wine tour one highly recommended company is Marlborough Wine Tours HERE. Explore Marlborough wine country with a half or full-day guided wine tour. Visit a select number of iconic and boutique wineries, meet the people who make and love the wines and taste a premium selection of Marlborough’s finest.
For an introduction take a Sip Marlborough Wine Tour. Sip has been created for those who want a small taste of Marlborough’s expansive wine region over a shorter period of time.
To best understand how many wineries there are to select from consider the following listing that only includes about half of Marlborough’s offerings;
Astrolabe Wines, Auntsfield Estate, Awatere River, Babich Wines, Ballochdale Estate, Barker’s Marque Wines, Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant, Cable Bay Vineyards, Clos Henri Vineyard, Coopers Creek Vineyard, Coudy Bay, Fairhall Downs Estate Wines, Fern Ridge Wine, Folium Vineyard, Framingham Wines, Georges Michel Wine Estate, Grove Mill Winery, Hawksdrift Wines, Hennessy Hall Wine Company, Jackson Estate, Kim Crawford, Konrad, Lake Chalice Wines, Lismore Wines, Little Black Stone, Marisco Vineyards, Matua Wines, McBride-Sillig Vineyard, Misty Cove Wine Group, Moana Park Estate Winery, Mohua Wines, Monkey Bay, Nautilus Estate, O’Dwyers Creek Vineyard, Odyssey Wines, Omaka Springs Estates, Pear Tree Wines, Pernod Ricard New Zealand, Red Deer Wine, Rimapere Vineyards, Sacred Hill Wines, Seresin Estate, Spring Creek Estate, Spy Valley Wines, Stanley Estates Ltd, Starborough Family Estate, Tarras Vineyards, Te Pa Wines, Te Whare Ra Wines, Ten Sisters, The Darling Wines, Tiki Wine & Vineyards, Tinpot Hut, Tom Eddy Winery, Totara Wines, Tupari Wines, Twin Islands Wine, Two Rivers, Vavasour, Vicarage Lane Wines, Villa Maria Estate, Vinultra, Waipara Hills, Wairau River Wines, Walnut Block Wines, Whitehaven Wines, Windrush Organic Vineyard, Wither Hills, Wyebrook Estate, Yealands Estate, Zephyr